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Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

I don’t live in the USA but I have been following this story and believe there are some valid points being raised in this post. I wouldn’t say however that people have been totally silent in important issues … maybe just not as vocal as they probably could have been, especially when viewed against this particular backdrop. What do you think? Don’t let your silence be deafening. Leave a comment and continue the conversation.

Drifting Through My Open Mind


I hear you.

You’re angry.

I get it, I’m angry too.

I’m not talking to the people who are angry at Target because their Pro Transgender bathroom policy flies in the face of their cherry picked moral compass. I’m not under any obligation  to respect their beliefs. 

I’m talking to you… the people who have no issue with sharing a bathroom with LGBT people. I’m talking to those of you who are speaking out about this bathroom policy, expressing concern over the women and children who you fear will be in danger because of this policy.

You’re reasonable people. You aren’t expressing hate or bigotry. You just worry. You worry about your kids, your wives, your sisters. I worry too.

I probably worry too much. I have always accompanied my younger kids to the bathroom in public places. When my son was too old to go into the women’s room, I…

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Three Bajan Women

family: aunt, mother, best friend

From L to R: Me, my sister from another mother, my Aunt (mom’s sister), my mom

These Three Women

These three women … what can I say about them? Nothing … and everything.
I admire them all for their strength, their zeal for life, their ‘I will never give up until the fat lady sings and she will not sing on my watch’ attitude, their unselfish support of others and amazing love of God.  I would not be the person I am today were it not for their hugs, laughter and tears. We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ugly and the down right disturbing – but it’s been sooooooo worth the ride!
Yet I struggle to truly express what is in my heart. There are no words of my own that I can use which would do them justice. So I am going to let Proverbs 31:10-31 say it all for me.

Proverbs 31:10-31 (NIV)

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


cluster of white flowers, codrington college, barbados


The small things in life :)

A delicious meal …

chicken pasta

… followed by this desert right here …

Photo by Gale E

… and then coffee at dinnertime …


… while looking out on this awesomely amazing Barbadian sunset …

sunset at Browne's Beach Barbados

… definitely makes life worth living  :)

“Sometimes, it’s just easier to say yes to that extra snack or dessert, because frankly, it is exhausting to keep saying no. It’s exhausting to plead with our kids to eat just one more bite of vegetables.”
~ Michelle Obama

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Today I am ‘saying’…

If you are a writer or blogger finding different ways to say/explain/comment on a topic can be a challenge. It gets worse if you are taking minutes or reporting on something that happened. Can you relate?

Well let’s take a quick look at 200 ways to say “says” –


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